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5:10 PM ET, May 13, 2024

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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Trump Leads in 5 Key States, as Young and Nonwhite Voters Express Discontent With Biden  —  A new set of Times/Siena polls, including one with The Philadelphia Inquirer, reveal an erosion of support for the president among young and nonwhite voters upset about the economy and Gaza.
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New York Times:
Cross-Tabs: May 2024 Times/Siena Poll of the Presidential Battlegrounds  —  Donald Trump leads Joe Biden in five of six states polled by The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Siena College from April 28 to May 9, 2024.  —  View toplines for the full set of polls and cross-tabs for: all registered voters |
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
No, Your Pet Issue Is Not Making Biden Lose … The American political landscape in 2024 seems like a very simple story that people continue to overcomplicate.  There was a large, global surge in prices in 2021 and 2022 as the economy restarted following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Mediaite
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
How on Earth is Donald Trump Getting Credit for Joe Biden's Economy?  —  Joe Biden's trip to Wisconsin last week would, in normal political times, have been a grand slam.  He went to the very spot in Racine County where, in 2018, Donald Trump showed up literally holding a golden shovel …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Live Updates: Cohen Testifies Trump Promised to Reimburse Hush-Money Payment  —  Michael D. Cohen testified that Donald J. Trump urged him to make the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels as Election Day drew closer.  —  Cohen describes his efforts to protect Trump's campaign.  Here's the latest.
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Tom Ozimek / The Epoch Times:
Alvin Bragg's Office Deleted Phone Call Records of Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels' Lawyer
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
The biggest flaw in Justice Clarence Thomas' newest complaints  —  Justice Clarence Thomas wants the public to believe the serious accusations he's faced are “lies.”  He's going to have to be far more specific.  —  As a matter of jurisprudence, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has reason to be pleased.
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:   Justice Thomas has used this “hideous place” to amass the power he now exploits
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Attack a Democrat Charged With Corruption?  Republicans Wouldn't Dare.  —  Earlier this month, federal prosecutors bestowed on Republicans what seemed like an election-year gift: charging a senior House Democrat in a competitive district with accepting $600,000 in bribes and acting as a foreign agent.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
State Republican parties are going rogue
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Raleigh News & Observer:
UNC-Chapel Hill trustees move to divert DEI funds to police and public safety  —  The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees voted to divert millions of dollars spent on diversity, equity and inclusion programs into public safety instead, ahead of an expected policy change statewide to restrict DEI.
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Republicans ready for a Trump loss  —  This time, Trump has the GOP bought in earlier on his Big Lie  —  What happens if he loses?  —  The mainstream press has finally turned its focus to what a second Donald Trump administration will look like should he win the White House in 2024.
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and Above the Law
Alex Thompson / Axios:
Psaki's new book falsely recounts Biden's watch check in troop ceremony  —  Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki claims in her new book that President Biden never looked at his watch during the ceremony for soldiers killed during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 …
Julianne McShane / Mother Jones:
Trump Wants to Deport Pro-Palestine Protesters—and GOP Lawmakers Are Filing Bills to Make It Happen  —  Republicans continue their push to punish dissent.  —  At a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey on Saturday, former President Donald Trump made many questionable comments.
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
New Rules to Overhaul Electric Grids Could Boost Wind and Solar Power  —  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the biggest changes in more than a decade to the way U.S. power lines are planned and funded.  —  Federal regulators on Monday approved sweeping changes …
NPR:
They're called perennials: You plant them once and they come back after each winter if they're given the right environment to survive.  Think things like trees, shrubs and woody plants.  —  And for predicting winter plant survival, knowing an area's hardiness zone is a big help to gardeners …
Politico:
Israel's ‘total victory’ in Gaza is unlikely, top US official says  —  It's the bluntest articulation yet from a Biden administration official that Israel can't succeed at its goal of wiping out Hamas.  —  The Biden administration doesn't believe Israel's current strategy against the Hamas militant group …
Discussion: Semafor
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The real cancel culture  —  In 2020, Bari Weiss quit her job as an editor and writer at the New York Times editorial page in a huff.  In her public resignation letter, Weiss argued that she was forced out because the paper had become “illiberal” and her more conservative beliefs made her …
Discussion: Newsbusters
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Melania Came Up With Trump's ‘Locker Room Talk’ Excuse, Michael Cohen Says  —  BY HIS SIDE  —  The former Trump fixer dropped the surprising revelation as an aside while testifying Monday in his former boss' hush-money trial.  —  Among the weirdest revelations at Donald Trump's ongoing criminal trial …
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
Louisiana moves to make abortion pills ‘controlled dangerous substances’  —  Someone possessing the pills without a valid prescription or outside of professional practice could be prosecuted and sentenced to prison.  —  Louisiana could become the first state in the country to categorize mifepristone …
Ari Blaff / National Post:
United Nations halves estimate of women and children killed in Gaza  —  Without any announcement, the United Nations (UN) significantly lowers its previously stated casualty list in the Gaza Strip  —  The United Nations has significantly adjusted Palestinian casualty figures for the ongoing war …
 
 
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Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Jill Biden tells Arizona college graduates ‘community colleges should be free in America’
Discussion: RedState, WXIA-TV and NBC News
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Trump, gun owners and Jan. 6 rioters: Tough-on-crime Justice Alito displays empathy for some criminal defendants
Discussion: Raw Story and KNSD-TV
ABC:
My life as a Chinese spy: Secret police agent tells all
Madeleine Rowley / The Free Press:
Nonprofits Are Making Billions off the Border Crisis
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
Patrick Marley / Washington Post:
In top races, Republicans try to stay quiet on Trump's false 2020 claims
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Ross Barkan / New York Magazine:
The Most Endangered Democrat in America
Discussion: Business Insider
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Democratic group starts attacking Trump with abortion rights testimonials
Discussion: WHDH-TV
Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders seeks to boost Biden, ‘the Squad’ in 2024
Discussion: Business Insider
Politico:
Bob Menendez corruption trial, round 2: Prosecutors have ‘compelling’ narrative
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Tim O'Brien on 35 years of covering Trump
Molly Ball / Wall Street Journal:
How 20 Years of Same-Sex Marriage Changed America
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Chi Leung / Mynewsdesk:
Three people charged with offences under the National Security Act
Discussion: BBC, New York Times, UPI and Politico
emptywheel:
Another Maggie Haberman NYT Story Covers Up Oleg Deripaska's Role
Discussion: New York Magazine
 

 
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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

Financial Times:
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Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Saudi Arabia will host the inaugural Olympic Esports Games in 2025, as part of a newly announced 12-year partnership with the Olympic Committee

 
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